made a bezel set solitaire today in Argentium. I set the bezel in
the shank and put it on the soldering board bezel down as I do, or
should I say did, with sterling. From what I had read I was sure the
bezel would collapse under the weight of the shank. Bezel was only.5
mm thick. Shank 4 x 2 mm oval comfort fit.
Well the gods be praised it soldered like sterling, no collapse.
Solder moves like 18 kt.
The clean up is so fast and so is the polishing. Clean up with 1200
grit and polish with hyfin. No 600 grit one less sanding step and no
tripoli one less polishing step.
And if that is not “way far kwel (cool)” as my kids said in school.
It is a dead metal.
It went down on the stone, princess cut swaroski cz, and stayed
So Argentium is:
Faster to sand
Faster to polish and
Easier to set than sterling.
And the polish and colour are amazing.
So good of A & E to start making this.
This stuff is so easy to work the “little ratbags from beyond.” AKA
the kids I love to teach will have so much fun with this stuff.
So this week we make up all our sterling and sell it off at
The only sterling I will make is reticulated as I could not
reticulate the Argentium.
Hang on what if I coat it in Firescoff so the Germanium does not get
a chance to eat oxygen? Damn I love a challenge!
all the best